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SP 77, Gorham 49

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: December 21st, 2008 by Tom Nolette

Keegan Hyland scored 29 points, including 19 in the second half, as the Red Riots (5-0) handled the Rams (0-5) at South Portland. Connor Hasson added 15 points and Spencer Bowring scored 13 for South Portland. Alex Graves led Gorham with 16 points, followed by Mason Roy and Zach Spiers with 10 apiece.

Windham 59, Scarborough 51

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: December 21st, 2008 by Tom Nolette

Garrett Clemmer scored 24 points for the Eagles (3-2), who opened a 28-22 halftime lead and held off the Red Storm (3-2) at Windham. Connor Sullivan scored 14 points for Scarborough. Zack Bean added 13.

Recap of Waterville over Maranacook

Sport: Basketball (Girls)  Posted: December 21st, 2008 by Tom Nolette

From KJ online: Waterville 73, Maranacook 24: The Purple Panthers led 22-0 after one quarter and 44-5 at the half to take the KVAC B win in Readfield. Morgan Frame led Waterville (6-0) with 24 points. Paige Gardiner added 12, and Jennifer Nale scored 10 for the Panthers. Katie Dore led Maranacook (2-4) with 10 points.

Boys' basketball roundup: Knight checks Wiscasset

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: December 21st, 2008 by Tom Nolette

DIXFIELD - Tom Knight torched the nets for 37 points, hauled down 25 of Dirigo's 50 rebounds and blocked five shots in a convincing 62-38 MVC victory over Wiscasset on Saturday. The Cougars enjoyed a 33-18 halftime lead and never looked back as they remain unbeaten through six games this season. Tyler Chiasson hit for 11 points and grabbed five rebounds for the Cougars, while Eric Bolduc scored eight points and dished out eight assists. Nick Hinkley led the Redskins (5-1) with 11 points and Jason Dennison added eight.

MVHS girls bounce Bucs

Sport: Basketball (Girls)  Posted: December 21st, 2008 by Tom Nolette

By Kevin Mills , Staff Writer Sunday, December 21, 2008 RUMFORD - Change is rarely ever easy. Even though the Mountain Valley girls' basketball team had much of its roster returning this year, it still had key holes to fill. Not only did Christie Volkernick and Tanya Martin each graduate but the Falcons also lost a starter that had been groomed all summer. She decided not to play just prior to the start of the season. So even though Mountain Valley's 4-2 start is a bit surprising, it isn't when you consider the changes the team has experienced. "It hard because 4-2, I don't think that's indicative of the way we expected our season to be," said Mountain Valley coach Rich Allen, whose team went 16-3 last year before losing in the Western B quarterfinal. "We miss our point guard (Martin) from last year. That's been a huge role to fill. I think Lauren Lepage is doing a great job. We had a girl that was a starter all summer that decided not to play. So we had some roles to fill, and we only had two weeks to do it. I think we're starting to find a mix that's working together pretty well." That showed Saturday in a decisive 64-29 win over Georges Valley. The Falcons jumped on the Bucs early and produced a complete effort. "I think we've improved a lot," said senior forward Meagan Maifeld. "We still have a ways to go." Maifeld led the Falcons with 16 points. Ayla Allen added 12 off the bench and Vanessa Cayer chipped in 11 in the post. Mountain Valley hit its first four shots and five of its first seven and built a double-digit lead early. Cayer had seven points during that stretch. The Falcons moved the ball effectively, got points in transition, scored off the press and executed nicely in the halfcourt. "It's better now that we know how each other is," said Maifeld. "We had to fill those two spots that we didn't have from last year. Now that we know how they play, we can kind of go with them. I think the comfort level is getting a lot better." The Falcons defense gave the Bucs fits. Georges Valley got eight points from Bethany Snow and six from Jessica Veilleux. The Bucs had nearly 30 turnovers, 15 in the first half, and shot just 4-for-17 in the first half. "I think we have a good mix," said Allen. "I have a team that plays well in the halfcourt. They're big, and they're kind of lumbering, but they play pretty decent halfcourt man-to-man. Then I have another mix I can press with. I didn't have that at all the first part of the season." Mountain Valley depth was evident against the Bucs. The Falcons went 10 and got contributions all through the lineup. The starting five of Maifeld, Cayer, Lepage, Taylor Smith and Emily Knapp dominated early. When Allen mixed up his lineup with subs, the Falcons never let down. In addition to Allen's 12 points, McKenzie Paterson, Lindsay Grant and Krista Lee all chipped in with baskets off the bench while Shawnee Akers had solid minutes. "It's something different," said Allen. "We've always played six or seven. That's usually as deep as we could go. Now we can go a lot deeper." After building the 17-5 lead in the first quarter, thanks to an 8-1 finish, the Falcons doubled the lead in the second. Mountain Valley had a 12-2 spurt that made it 29-9. LePage, Allen, Grant, Maifeld and Smith all scored during that stretch and built a 35-11 halftime lead. "We've got more options now than we had (at the beginning of the season)," said Allen. "The starting five we didn't have back anymore from the summer, we had two weeks to try and find out what we we're going to do. I think we can only get better."

Vikes stun Cougars

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: December 20th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

When the Oxford Hills boys' basketball team raced out to an 11-0 lead Friday night, the Vikings hit undefeated Mt. Blue with its best shot. It had the Cougars reeling but still in the ballgame. It was the kind of blow Oxford Hills needed to deliver early. The Vikings rode that stunning start and maintained the lead the rest of the way for a 59-49 win over Mt. Blue.

Vikes stun Cougars

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: December 20th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

When the Oxford Hills boys' basketball team raced out to an 11-0 lead Friday night, the Vikings hit undefeated Mt. Blue with its best shot. It had the Cougars reeling but still in the ballgame. It was the kind of blow Oxford Hills needed to deliver early. The Vikings rode that stunning start and maintained the lead the rest of the way for a 59-49 win over Mt. Blue.

SP 77, Gorham 49

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: December 20th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

Keegan Hyland scored 29 points, including 19 in the second half, as the Red Riots (5-0) handled the Rams (0-5) at South Portland. Connor Hasson added 15 points and Spencer Bowring scored 13 for South Portland. Alex Graves led Gorham with 16 points, followed by Mason Roy and Zach Spiers with 10 apiece.

Central @ Foxcroft Academy

Sport: Basketball (Girls)  Posted: December 20th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

Central 50, Foxcroft 49 At Dover-Foxcroft, Taryn Pineo hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer, her only basket of the game, as the Red Devils wiped out a 13-point deficit after three quarters to nip the Ponies. Hannah Pray tossed in 21 points to pace Central of Corinth, while Bekkah Campbell added nine points. Vanessa Lougee paced Foxcroft Academy with 21 points. Sabrina Sharrow posted 17.

Mustangs win battle of defense

Sport: Basketball (Girls)  Posted: December 20th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

By Ron Hawkes Sports Reporter/VillageSoup.com

BELFAST (Dec 21): When two high school basketball coaches are happy with their team's defense one usually has witnessed an intense, well-played game — albeit without a lot of exciting offense.

At Belfast Area High School Saturday night, defense was mostly what those in the packed gymnasium witnessed as both the Mount View and Belfast girls squads struggled offensively, which ultimately produced a low-scoring game between the two Waldo County rivals.

In the end, Mount View (4-1) had a little too much for host Belfast (2-3) as the Mustangs took home a 33-21 win.

"We played good defense," said Mount View coach John Donato. "We just threw the ball away. We had so many opportunities to score. We played tight, maybe it was the pressure of the crowd, but I think we played tight on offense. But defensively, when you hold a team to six points in the first half and 20 for the game, we played good defense."

"You might call this a defensive battle," said Belfast coach Meg Cressler. "Defensively that's the best we have played for all four quarters in a game. We did what we needed to do on [Mount View's Dakota] McAdam and [Jessica] Smith for the most part, although the second-chance opportunities built up. I thought defensively we played great, it was offensively that we had the problems tonight."

Belfast held a 6-5 first-quarter lead, but the Mustangs shut the door in the second quarter to head into halftime leading 13-6. The Lions fought back in the third stanza to make it a 20-13 game after three quarters with the Mustangs holding the edge.

In the final quarter the Lions were forced to foul as time was running down and the Mustangs put the ball in the hands of Alexis Bennett, who netted 6-of-8 from the foul line in the final eight minutes.

Scoring for the Mustangs were Hayleigh Kein with 13 points; Alexis Bennett, 20; Smith, four; Chrissy Larrabee, three; McAdam, two; and Cassandra St. Clair, one.

For Belfast, Danielle Littlefield (6 points, 3 rebounds, assist), Brittany Dyer (6 points, 5 rebounds), Caroline Carr (5 points, 16 rebounds, assist), Morgan Mansfield (4 points, 2 rebounds), Ade Hills (3 rebounds, 3 assists) and Whitney Cross (2 rebounds) led the way.

While scoring was a problem for both teams, Belfast coach Cressler said she knows why the Lions struggled and is working on it.

"I'm not really concerned about it," said Cressler. "Our team is really unselfish and we tend to pass the ball too much. We just have to learn to recognize when we have open shots and good opportunities when we are within our range instead of giving the ball up all the time."

Mount View was 9-of-23 (39 percent) from the foul line, while Belfast was 3-of-9 (33 percent). The Mustangs received 3-pointers from Bennett and Kein.

In jayvee game, Mount View beat Belfast 21-18, while in the freshmen contest the Lions defeated the Mustangs 47-24.

Belfast @ Mt/ View

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: December 20th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

Belfast scored 23 points in the fourth quarter, including 12 from Jack Davis, to overtake and hold on to a 54-48 victory Saturday afternoon. This local battle was quite chippy at times with three Mt. View players fouling out and twop others with three and Belfast had one with four and three others with three. This was definatly a hard fought first win for the Lions. Until a minute or so into the fourth quarter Belfast just couldn't overcome the Mustangs, trailing by only a ppoint more than one. Once they tied it up in the fourth, they never looked back. Belfast(1-4) was led by Jack Davis with 23 points and Jason Hughes with 10 (8 in the fourth). Mt. View (1-4) was led by Michael Cochrane with 16 and Dylan Keller with 10. Belfast 9 12 10 23 - 54 Mt. View 15 10 10 13 - 48 Belfast - Ja. Davis - 23, Hughes - 10, Ji. Davis - 9, Bernosky - 7, Martens - 3 & Vogel - 2 Mt. View - Cochrane - 16, Keller - 10, Babin - 8, Durand & Coleman - 6 & Rednour - 2bellion63 Posts: 29 Joined: Sat May 10, 2008 7:52 am Location: Belfast Private message

Gardiner Wins Featherweight Bout

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: December 20th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

In the red corner, with the black tops with white trims, with a record of two wins and two losses, the Gardiner Tigers! In the blue corner, in the white uniform with maroon trim, holding a record of two wins and three losses, the MCI Huskies!

And so it began, on a Saturday afternoon at Wright's Gym in Pittsfield. After a pair of undercard bouts, the main event delivered. The Gardiner Tigers erased a double-digit deficit in the 2nd half to beat the MCI Huskies, 61-53.

MCI started off hot, with sophomore Craig Reazor scoring the first five points for MCI. He would head to the bench with foul trouble throughout the game however, and wouldn't score again until the fourth quarter.

MCI's 14-6 first quarter lead was in jeopardy when Gardiner started the second quarter on a 6-0 run, but the Huskies were able to extend the lead to three possessions throughout much of the quarter. But as time winded down, Jordan Grant hit a 3 to bring the game within 5, at 26-21.

In the second half, things got out of control quickly. After a Gardiner player took a nasty tumble during a rebound on one end of the floor, Gardiner retaliated with a pair of hard fouls, one resulting in an intentional foul on Andrew Bobrowicki, when he ran over Casey Edgerton. Edgerton would make both free throws for his first points of the game. Gardiner kept threatening MCI's lead and the physical play kept coming, but the Huskies clinged to a 40-34 lead through three.

In the fourth however, only one MCI player hit a field goal - Jacob Hunt's three-pointer in the final minute which proved irrelevant.

On the way, however, the physicality reached its peak. Shawn Bennett was given a technical foul and ejected for striking Gardiner's Eric Goodwin. Goodwin would make all four of the free throws he was awarded. While Bennett was headed to the bench, he was met by MCI coach Frank McGrady, who took exception to remarks coming from a fan at the back of the Gardiner cheering section. Bennett's ejection is the second in MCI's last two home games, going along with senior Ross Hammond's ousting against Belfast last week. The ejection also means he will have to sit out MCI's next game, on December 30th at Erskine Academy.

After the technical free throws tied the game at 40, Gardiner rode Goodwin's free throws, all eight of them in the fourth, to secure the eight point win, 61-53. Only one free throw was missed in the fourth quarter by either team, in 21 attempts. Mike Denham sealed the deal with a steal and layup on the other end, capping a 20-point performance to lead all scorers. MCI was led by Jacob Hunt's 14 points, and Ross Hammond's 10.

Cony over Hampden from Bangor Daily News

Sport: Basketball (Girls)  Posted: December 20th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

By Ryan McLaughlin BDN Staff HAMPDEN, Maine — It was a challenge for which Cony senior guard Chelsea Arbour was ready. Her Rams had seen Hampden Academy trim a once-comfortable 13-point lead down to a less-than-cozy four heading into the fourth quarter. That’s when coach Karen Sirois challenged Arbour to carry the troops to the finish line. Arbour answered the call, scoring 12 of her team’s 16 fourth-quarter points as Cony of Augusta snapped a three-game losing streak with a hard-fought 46-40 KVAC Class A girls basketball victory Friday night over the scrappy Broncos. Sirois’ 2-3 Rams, who led 30-26 entering the final eight minutes, saw the margin trimmed to two with 6:45 to play on Katie Chambers’ baseline pull-up. But the inevitable Cony run was coming, and Arbour would start it on the Rams’ next possession. A baseline drive and a 3-pointer from the left wing stretched Cony’s lead to seven with just under six minutes to play. Hampden would respond, with Julia Snyder’s putback and Michaela Stephenson’s 3 from the top of the key making it a 35-33 game with 5:07 left. But the 1-4 Broncos had no answers for Arbour, who scored the game’s next seven points to build the lead back to nine with 3:10 to play and Hampden got no closer than five after that. “I guess you could say I was feeling it … it was more like time, like the right time to come out and put them away,” said Arbour, who finished with a game-high 21 points on 8-for-14 shooting, including 3-for-7 from the perimeter. “I kind of needed to step up and I knew I needed to step up, especially as a senior,” Arbour said. Cony took advantage of an overaggressive Hampden team to build its first-half lead, which reached its peak at 26-13 with 3:48 to play. Coach Ben Greenlaw’s club got caught up in the Rams’ transition game often, leaving shooters open beyond the arc. “We just did a poor job of finding shooters in transition early,” Greenlaw said. “And the second thing we talked a lot about was not over-helping. If you leave them open, they’re going to make you pay.” Hampden tightened up its defense in the second half while exhibiting sound offensive patience, working the ball around the perimeter and searching for inside looks against a relatively small Cony team. “I think they were doing a good job of getting the ball inside, attacking and then kicking it out which makes our defense collapse, and they hit some shots,” said Sirois. But the Rams would put the clamps down late, holding the Broncos to two field goals — one being Snyder’s 3-pointer as time expired — in the final two minutes. “We just needed to pick up our defense, said senior Brittany Ford, who was 3-4 from 3-point range en route to 11 points. “We just needed to pick up our game in general and I think this was the game we needed to prove that to ourselves.” The Broncos had all kinds of chances down the stretch, as the Rams struggled at the foul line, but senior Courtney Dufour hit all four of her free throws in the final minute to cement the victory while the Rams did a solid job on the offensive glass. Cony hopes this could be the game that sends it on a long win streak after setbacks to Leavitt of Turner Center and Mount Ararat of Topsham this week. “Which is not like us,” Ford said. Sirois added, “I hope so. I think so. We’re on the right track. We’re doing some good things, bringing it all together.” Snyder scored a game-high 13 points, nine coming in the second half, for Hampden, to go with nine rebounds. Kayla Webb and Stephenson contributed eight points each.

Stearns Girls go to 4-0 on season

Sport: Basketball (Girls)  Posted: December 20th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

Sophomore Kirsten Marter & Senior Samantha Lyons led Stearns with 15 points each as the Lady Minutemen improved to 4-0 on the season with a 48-40 win over PVHS Friday Night. Senior Adriana Eurich added 8 points. Juniors Monica Deabay & Rebecca Leavitt had 4 points apiece & Senior Katie Mills had 2. Senior Casey McCloskey led PVHS with 19 points. Stearns nsxt game is Tuesday, December 23rd vs. Searsport. tipoff is set for 6:30PM.

Stearns 65, Penquis 34

Sport: Basketball (boys)  Posted: December 20th, 2008 by Tom Nolette

At Millinocket, Garen Manzo scored eight of his 12 points in the third quarter as the Minutemen pulled away from the Patriots of Milo. Tyler Richards posted a game-high 17 points to pace Stearns. Ryan Bailey powered the Patriots with 15 points.
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